August 21-23, 2023

This three-day event is designed to provide a robust learning environment that will facilitate strategic approaches to inclusion and belonging for all students in B.C.’s elementary and secondary schools.

Hybrid Conference

Venue: Join us at University of British Columbia or from home

Registration includes viewing of all Keynote Presentations and registered Strand recordings for four weeks after the conference adjourns

Structure of the Day

On August 21-23, 2023 participants from all over BC will come together to hear and learn from people who have extensive experience in Inclusive Learning and who have been doing this heart work for decades.

Each day, a keynote will be delivered by a champion in diverse and innovative approaches to facilitating inclusive school environments. There will also be various strands of learning for participants to choose from, such as Universal Design for Learning, Positive Behavior Supports, Inclusive Literacy Practices, Transition & Employment, BC’s Competency Based Inclusive Education Plans, and Social Emotional Learning. Participants will build their capacity to collaboratively analyze and plan for change during the institute’s planning time, and later at their respective school sites.

When we create inclusive schools, develop lessons and plans that will include all kids right from the start, and look deliberately at how we can transform school culture to have a place for everyone, inclusive environments are created, and a sense of belonging experienced by all kids. This belonging transcends the school environment and ultimately positively impacts people’s lives in all areas such as employment, relationships, post-secondary education, self-esteem, and participation.

All participants will receive a package of information to share with their colleagues in their schools. There will be opportunities to ask challenging and difficult questions. Participants can expect to receive direct, tangible strategies to overcome some of the obstacles that are perceived to be in the way of forming inclusive learning environments for all kids. There will be opportunities to network virtually with other schools from all over British Columbia and share knowledge and approaches. Finally, participants will leave the Institute with the knowledge, skills, desire, and confidence to make their school welcoming and accessible to all kids.



The individual strands and keynote speeches will take place virtually and in person.  Please consult the schedule below for more details.

Monday August 23rd

  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration

    Participant check-in

  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am Summer Institute Welcome

    Family Support Institute- Angela Clancy

  • 9:00 am - 10:00am Opening Keynote: Identity and Inclusion - Shelley Moore
  • 10:00 am Virtual Coffee Break
  • 10:15 am - 12:30 pm Training Strand

    Participants follow their chosen strand of study

  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Training Strand

    Participants continue to follow their chosen strand of study

Tuesday August 24th

  • 8:00 am- 8:30 am Information Desk

    Staff available to answer questions

  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am Keynote: Indigenous Giftedness and Inclusion - Sue-Sterling Bur
  • 9:30 am Virtual Coffee Break
  • 9:45 am -12:00 pm Training Strand

    Participants begin day 2 of their chosen strand of study

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm Training Strand

    Participants continue to follow their chosen strand of study

Wednesday August 25th

  • 8:00 am - 8:30 am Information Desk

    Institute staff available to answer questions

  • 8:30 am - 8:45 am Thank you and Closing Remarks
  • 8:45 am - 9:45 am Keynote: Dr. Leyton Schnellert - Developing Student Voice in Inclusive Classrooms
  • 9:45 am Virtual Coffee Break
  • 10:00 am -12:30 pm Training Strand

    Participants continue to follow their chosen strand of study

  • 12:30 pm -1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Training Strand

    Participants continue to follow their chosen strand of study


Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to purchase tickets for a group, is there bulk pricing?

Yep, pricing for groups of 3 or more is 15% off. Enter the discount code “SI2023GROUP” for 15% off.

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Which payment methods do you accept?

We process payment through paypal which means you can use any major credit card or a bank account. You don’t need to have a paypal account to pay. Just select the option that reads “Don’t have a PayPal account” when you get to the payment page.

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What if I need to cancel my ticket?

Before July 23nd, full refund (less $25 for admin fees) July 23 – August 5th, 50% refund (less $25 admin fees) After August 5th- No refund

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